JAXA’s Akatsuki probe to orbit Venus

Akatsuki Probe // JAXA

This past Sunday, Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, or JAXA for short, sent up another Akatsuki probe ($300 million mission for a probe being sent into space to orbit Venus – the second planet from our sun). The first attempt to make its way to Venus was nearly 6 years ago, and sadly the mission failed, causing the poor little probe to be shot off into space somewhere. This time, they fired the small attitude-control thrusters for about 20 minutes. This was to make their past mission failure back in 2010, a success.

The project itself is to monitor the behavior of  Venus. Things like its atmosphere, clouds, temperature, and so on so forth. According to space.com, it’s to help scientists from all over understand why Venus is not a sustainable planet for life, as well as explain why it’s much hotter.

The orbiter is now in good health. We are currently measuring and calculating its orbit after the operation. It will take a few days to estimate the orbit; thus we will announce the operation result once it is determined,” says JAXA officials. (direct quote from space.com)

Unfortunately, it’s too early to tell if Akatsuki has made it into orbit, but hopefully soon enough we’ll know.

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